I have finished the course and found it outstanding, a "must buy". This course is world-renowed, is used in schools, colleges and universities in many parts of the world, and the back cover says it successfully helps acquire an understanding of hundreds of Qur'aanic passages, Hadiiths, poetry, parables, classical and modern Arabic texts etc. I fully agree.
NOTICEABLE FEATURES OF THE COURSE IN MY OPINION:
* Written in an easy, step-by-step format * Explanations are clear, in polished English and Arabic * Material is meticulously well-structured and logically organised * Covers an extensive amount of the Arabic Sciences * Works on the weighty principle that you learn the fundamentals before learning the details * You learn what is easy before what is more challenging * Lessons connect to each other: what is previously learnt, is revised by blending material into new points being taught * Copious, creative exercises give ample drilling in of material
A SIGNIFICANT ATTRACTION FOR ME:
One significant attraction for me is that the author is not an ordinary teacher but a Scholar of Arabic who is also an expert of foreign languages, and speaks English fluently. He obtained his MPhil and PhD degrees in Arabic Philology from the renowned University of Al-Azhar (Cairo, Egypt) and also majored in English Language and Literature. The author was formerly Professor of Arabic Philology for 30 years at the world-renowned Islaamic University, Madinah and has taught Arabic to non-Arabs for more than 50 years (yes, more than 50 years!)
This profile is enough for those of us who want the best possible teacher to teach us non-Arabs, the Arabic language.
MY CONCLUSION OF THE ARABIC LANGUAGE:
One finishes the course concluding that Arabic is innocent of all the misconceptions associated with it. It is not a difficult language at all to learn, but very easy, has a very logical lexical and grammatical system, is admired and beautiful. One feels indebted to the author for the diligent hard work put in resulting in an excellent course, doing justice to the Arabic language by teaching it in the right way that shows Arabic's true nature.
FOLLOW-ON-COURSES BY THE AUTHOR:
I have continued to study classical and modern Arabic through this author's many follow-on books and courses and found each one to be excellent with multiple benefits. The Shaykh makes it a point to teach vast aspects of Arabic, in simple language with simple examples, connecting the knowledge he teaches as well as revise the knowledge that students have learnt previously with him. Such teaching methods have greatly paved the way for me to learn advanced Arabic easily, in connected form, which continues to open up greater doors to enjoying and mastering Arabic. One follow-on course here at Amazon by the author is: "Selections From the Glorious Qur'aan - With Lexical and Grammatical Notes."
Finally, you can make contact with this great teacher and Shaykh as he has a website that teaches Arabic to non-native speakers of it. It contains free Arabic language books and courses, free Arabic lessons, Q & As and more. Pls google search it.